Celebrity Baby Blog / Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner: I Try to Stay on Top of My Kids Doing Chores

05/20/2015 at 07:45 PM ET

When it comes to keeping an organized home, Jennifer Garner knows she just has to let some things go.

Although the actress has assigned chores to her three children with husband Ben Affleck, she admits that life can get in the way of Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, following through on their tasks.

“We have family chores and personal chores,” Garner, who admits she’s the “enforcer” in her home, tells PEOPLE.

“But sometimes I’m more on top of it than others. At the end of the school year, if they clear their plate and pick up after themselves and their rooms are clean and there aren’t wet towels on the floor, that’s good enough! Just today we were talking about good habits. You can’t do it all.”

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Jennifer Garner Is ‘Surrounded by Attitude’ at Home

05/06/2015 at 01:20 PM ET

As most parents know, kids can be a tough crowd.

“I’m surrounded by attitude,” Jennifer Garner, mom to Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, with husband Ben Affleck, jokes to PEOPLE at the Huggies Snug & Dry event.

“With the eye-rolling and the drama and the attitude. I just tell them, ‘I didn’t try to order kids with sass. How did I get all these sassy kids?’ ”

Playfulness aside, Garner, 43 — an ambassador for Save the Children — is championing aid for a very real and very serious epidemic in America. “One in three moms struggle to get diapers for their kids,” she explains.

“And studies are showing that it’s not some huge crisis that causes the stressors [for moms]. It’s the pileup of little things. It’s like revving your car engine at full speed while sitting still. Eventually it starts to run out.”

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Jennifer Garner Talks Teaching Her Kids About Skin Cancer – and Her Family’s ‘Batman Mania’

05/04/2015 at 08:00 AM ET

Jennifer Garner kicked butt as Elektra, and Ben Affleck played Daredevil before donning the Batsuit, so it’s no surprise their three children are super into superheroes.

“Oh, there is going to be Batman mania at our house next year,” Garner tells PEOPLE of Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, getting ready to watch their dad save Gotham. “But right now, it can go from Batman, to Iron Man, to Spider-Man, to any of them.”

“And just the general ninja,” she adds, laughing. “I have a ninja at my house right now.”

Garner, 43, is using her power as a public figure to help save lives outside of comic books, joining Neutrogena’s Choose Skin Health campaign.

“Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers,” Garner says, “and meanwhile there are more cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year than breast, colon and lung cancers combined.”

She continues, “Everybody’s been touched by cancer. Luckily for me, it hasn’t hit my immediate family yet, but if you look at the statistics, it’s something that is going to touch all of us,” she continues. “It’s within our reach to find a cure, it’s within our reach to find better and more efficient treatments that do less to hurt the body. It’s all happening, but we have to make sure these brilliant doctors are supported and funded.”

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Jennifer Garner: My Favorite Role Is ‘Mommy’

03/03/2015 at 11:00 AM ET

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When in need of some life advice, there’s one gal pal that Jennifer Garner can always be sure to rely on: Reese Witherspoon.

“If I run into Reese, she and I have so much to talk about,” Garner, 42, told PEOPLE at the press day for her new film Danny Collins, in which she stars alongside Al Pacino. “We’ll be on the street corner and just be like, ‘What do you do about this, and how did you handle this?’ ”

She continues, “I’m so grateful for that very specific kind of friend.”

A typical juicy conversation that takes place between the two hard-working Hollywood mothers may specifically consist of whether or not a role is worth (temporarily) departing from motherhood.

“I have such a big thing to balance [jobs] against that it has to be something I love so much,” Garner says of feeling “surprised,” but grateful every time that she gets handed a new offer and has to think about calling in the in-laws for some long-term babysitting.

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Jennifer Garner: Why I Wanted My Girls to Take Karate

11/20/2014 at 12:15 PM ET

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Sydney Bristow would be proud: Jennifer Garner‘s girls are learning to master martial arts.

The actress, 42, wants her daughters to embrace their “femininity” by playing with baby dolls and knowing how to bake.

However, she also wants Violet, 9 next month, and Seraphina, 5½, “to be able to kick a guy’s ass,” she told reporters on the red carpet at the 2nd annual Save the Children Illumination Gala.

“That’s why they’ve been taking karate since they were little!”

But book smarts are equally important to Garner. “I want my girls to love math and I want them to think that being a scientist is the coolest job on the planet,” she said at the event, which honored her husband, Ben Affleck.

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Jennifer Garner: Why I’m Waiting to Give My Kids Cell Phones

09/07/2014 at 10:30 AM ET

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Jennifer Garner is refusing to phone in on family time.

When it comes to her kids — Samuel, 2½, Seraphina, 5½, and Violet, 8½ — and cell phones, the mom-of-three doesn’t plan on giving over the goods any time soon.

“Not for a long time — they don’t need it. Until I really feel the need, but that’s where I’m strict,” the Men, Women and Children star, 42, tells Entertainment Tonight Canada.

“I’m not there yet … I know I’m a long way from feeling like that’s something we need in our lives.”

But the actress and her husband Ben Affleck aren’t just laying down the rules for their children. The couple are making an effort to curb their own phone use to stop technology from taking over their time together.

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Jennifer Garner: Ben Affleck Taught Our Son About His ‘Bits’

04/10/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

For Ben Affleck, having a son meant he could impart some special fatherly wisdom at last.

His wife, Jennifer Garner, stopped by the Tonight Show to promote her new movie Draft Day and talk about their kids: Violet, 8, Seraphina, 5, and Samuel, 2. But things got a little more than G-rated when discussing what Affleck, 41, has taught his youngest child.

“He’s so psyched to finally have a boy. He loves his girls, but he’s serious about his son right now,” Garner, 41, told Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday’s episode. “So he taught him about his bits. He taught him about his P and two N’s.”

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